>> Well as parents get ready to send their kids back to school, there is something they
should also be preparing for the contagious illness hand foot mouth disease working its
way up the east coast. Emily Noonan talked to local doctors about what to look for.
>> Doctors say peak season is just about here, so it won't be long before it hits Rochester.
>> Especially once school starts, we're going to start seeing a lot more of this, it will spread
in classrooms and things.
>> And Dr. Janet Williams says adult aren't immune to this virus.
It has been known to go through families.
>> Sometimes it will just be like small red circles, sometimes there will be a little
bump to the redness and also at times we'll see vesicles or blisters develop, so if you
see blister lesions on the palms of the hands and the feet and then in the mouth, that's
the classic case of hand foot mouth disease.
>> it starts out with a fever followed by a sore throat and runny nose, then comes the
These symptoms can arrive several days after a person gets infected, in that time it can
easily be spread.
>> It's spread through mucus, like your nasal secretions, oral secretions, the lesions themselves
can spread the virus and also fecal material can spread the virus as well.
>> In other words, kissing, hugging, sharing food and drinks or even changing a baby's
diaper can spread it.
There's no medication to treat this, it's just about hydration and pain medicine.
To reduce the risk of this virus, doctors say it's so important to wash your hands thoroughly.
Especially after contact with children because this virus can remain contagious up to 2 weeks
even after symptoms start to subside.
In Brighton, Emily Noonan, News 8.
>> Now the disease often spreads through daycare centers and schools in a similar way as the
Doctors are urging parents with children who have open blisters and a fever should keep
In rare cases, complications can develop including viral meningitis or a polio-like paralysis.